Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Praise Your Way Through!

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
The psalmist asked, “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? (Psalms 137:4). The people of Israel were exiled in a strange land, Babylon. The Babylonians "clowned" them and used them for entertainment saying, "sing us one of the songs of Zion. (v3)".

Despite their circumstance, the Israelites turned their strange situation, their strange land into a sanctuary of praise and worship, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. (vs 5-7)". They remembered their rich past and the goodness of the Lord, "O, daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.... (v8)."
No matter what you are going through. No matter how strange your land, circumstance, or situation this summer, don't forget Jesus Christ. Don't forget where you came from. Don't forget the goodness of the Lord. He brought our ancestors through slavery. He protected them from dangers seen and unseen. He brought you a mighty long way.
When you think, you will thank. Think on His bountiful blessings. Count them one by one. Then, lift up your voice and give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and his mercies endure forever!
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bill Price Shares "No Excuse Day" Testimony at Kenwood Church

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
"They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death (Rev. 12:11 NIV)."

My husband, Bill Price is a well-known and well-liked radio personality in Louisville.  He has worn a number of hats in radio over 40 years.  Currently, he is the General Manager of PraisePower 1350 WLOU and the new Praise 104.7 FM.  The station went FM in December 2011 and won a 2012 Stellar Award for Mid-Market Radio Station of the Year. 

Bill and I were invited to be apart of  "No Excuse Day" at Kenwood Northeast Missionary Baptist Church, Crestwood, Kentucky.  I brought the morning message, "Just Keep On Coming to Church" based on Acts 3:1-10 and the lame man at the Gate called Beautiful.  Churches are packed all over the nation on Easter, but the following weeks, many people have countless lame excuses for why they can't come to church.
Bill shared a testimony about how a stroke in 2008 brought him closer to the Lord. He talked about how over the years he has made countless excuses for not going  to church. If it was raining, he wouldn't go. If he didn't have the right suit, he wouldn't go. If his favorite team was playing that day, he wouldn't go. He confessed he is the king of a million and one excuses for not going to church.  He admitted God has done a mighty work in him and he is more grateful for God's grace and mercy in his life. Bill's testimony was so powerful. Everyone praised the Lord.  We saw ourselves in what Bill had to say.  Bill is not what he ought to be, but thank God, he is not what he use to be either. Oh, what a change God has made in his life! And the testimony that God has given him, not only encouraged us on "No Excuse Day," but has encouraged other groups over the past three years.
 Bill and I attended the 24th First Family Anniversary Celebration on August 7, 2011 of Rev. James Booker, Jr., Pastor, Kenwwod Northeast Missionary Baptist Church, Crestwood, KY. Rev. Booker is the April 2012 Pastor of the Month on PraisePower `1350 WLOU and the new Praize 1047. 
If you are "going through" a trial, sickness, or crisis right now, could it be that it is only a test?  Jesus, the Lamb, did His part in overcoming the enemy by shedding his blood at Calvary and dying for our sins. The "and" in Revelations 12:11 states we must do our part, too.    We must share our testimonies. As a matter of fact, you ought to do, as the songwriter says, and praise Him in the middle of it. 

There is no testimony without a test. God's testing strengthens our faith and our relationship with Him. God's testing builds character. The good thing is if we fail His test, He allows us take it over. Philippians 1:6 states, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."  God uses all things to accomplish his will in making us like Jesus Christ.  Romans 8:38 states, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called called according to his purpose."    There is no testimony without a test.  It's only a test!

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Sermon Highlights: Their Eyes Were Watching God

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Dr. Marcus Cosby is an absolute beast! Everybody who knows me know I loves me some Marcus Cosby, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, Texas...."and the Bible says!...." He makes me hollar back everytime, "What does the Bible say, preacher!" He is the perfect speaker for Bates' Bible Institute happening April 16-18th, at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.
His message last night was "Their Eyes Were Watching God" base on the book title by Zora Neale Hurston. His text was 2 Chronicles 20:12, "...We don't know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."

King Jehoshaphat was King of Judah. He was wise and did what was right in the sight of God. Everything went well for him in chapters 17, 18, & 19. They were livin' life like it was golden. But in Chapter 20, the text starts, "After this" All hell breaks loose. Three enemies came against Judah to make war all at the same time.

King Jehoshaphat inquired of God. The people fasted and prayed (v 3-4). Then the King stood up before all the people and prayed, and at the end of the prayer he confesses, "We don't know whatto do, but our eyes are upon you (My emphasis added)."
They kept their eyes on God based on
  1. God's past participation (v 6-ff)
  2. God's present partnership (v. 13)
  3. God's pending promises
    1. I will be with you (v 17)
    2. I will uphold you (v 20)
    3. You will be successful (v 20)
Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, a guest upon the group. He said, "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, it's God's (v 15). You will not have to fight the battle. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord! The king fell down and worshipped and everybody did what he did, they fell down and worshipped too.
When you get in situations where you just don't know what to do, keep your eyes on God. Fast, pray, and seek His face. Do what the King and the people did, worship God.

My Comments:
The text says beginning at verse 21, "After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever."

Herein is the rest of the story...Praise defeated the enemy! God loves it when you fast, pray, and seek His face, and He loves it when you praise Him. Jehoshaphat takes the people's advice and he orders men to sing to the Lord. When they do that, God set ambushes against the three nations and they turn on each other, and destroy each other!

This is almost identical to what happened in the war Gideon's army did not have to fight (Judges 7). God sent 300 men against a vast army of 30,000 Midianites. God confused the enemy with trumpets, torches, and timing! The army prepared for war, processed to the battlefield, and positioned themselves, but they did not fight! And God got the glory! When praises go up, blessings come down!

Monday, April 09, 2012

You Can Find the Bodies of Mohammed, Buddha, and Confucius, But You Cannot Find the Body of Jesus Christ - BCNN1

By: Daniel Whyte, III
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Matthew 28:6, "He [Jesus] is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

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One of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world is the Shwe Dagon. It stands on a hill over 200 feet high and rises some 200 feet higher. It is covered with a pure gold leaf. Around its base are hundreds of small pagodas, in each of which is some relic of a teacher of Buddhism. Embedded in the solid masonry of the base is a gold box which contains some finger-bones, teeth, and other parts of Buddha, who lived many centuries ago.

There is another burial place in Arabia, the green mosque of Medina, under which lies the body of Mohammed. Millions of people today are his earnest followers. But, despite his greatness, he, too, is dead, and like Buddha, he lies buried here on earth.

The burial place of Confucius is a grass covered mound in the province of Shantung, China. Confucius was also a great man and teacher, and he influenced the lives of millions of human beings. Nevertheless, he is dead and his body, too, is here on earth.

There is another tomb that was cut into a rock. A tomb which had been closed with a great stone. Today, the stone is "rolled away", and the Man whose body had been laid within by sorrowing friends is gone.
The world shattering truth being that on the third day, "He [Jesus] ROSE from the dead!"
Yes, indeed, the tomb of Christ is an empty tomb. That's the vital difference between Jesus of Nazareth and any and all other great religious leaders who ever walked the earth.

He, too, was a great teacher. He, too, was a great man. His teaching also has affected millions who believe in Him. But He was much more than a great teacher or philosopher, more than just a great leader. He is the Son of God with power. That's why His tomb is empty! Acts 2:24 says, "[Jesus] Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it." (Click link to read more)

You Can Find the Bodies of Mohammed, Buddha, and Confucius, But You Cannot Find the Body of Jesus Christ - BCNN1

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Devotional: Now Run And Tell That!

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Scripture: John 20:1, 10-17
"Jesus said, 'Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (v17 NIV).

Six women in the New Testament had the name Mary. One of them was from a northern city called Magdala in Galilee. Mary Magdalene became a follower of Jesus early in his ministry after he healed her of seven demons (Luke 8.2). I don’t know if her head spun around like Linda Blair in the movie, The Exorcist, or if she cut herself violently like the Gadarene demoniac, but one thing is for sure she was eternally grateful when Jesus freed her from her affliction so much so, that she left everything to follow Him. She became a friend, supporter, traveling companion, and disciple. When all the disciples abandoned Jesus during his crucifixion, Mary Magdalene stayed there, along with the other women. On the morning of the resurrection, Mary and some other women including Mary the mother of James and Joseph went to anoint to body of Jesus, but found the tomb empty (Matt. 28:1-5; John 20:1). She ran and got James and John, and after they had left, she met the risen Jesus.

Some Gnostic writings would have you to believe that Jesus married Mary Magdalene. Dan Brown in the DaVinci Code goes so far as to claim that they even had a baby together. However, there is no evidence to prove this in Scripture. Evidence indicates that Jesus and Mary had a unique relationship, one of Teacher and disciple. It was unique in that women were not permitted to study the Law. Jesus broke all the rules where women were concerned. He risked being considered unclean for associating with them. And for a Rabbi to associate in any way with a woman once possessed with evil spirits was unheard of in his culture.

Jesus called Mary to a pivotal assignment at the tomb on Resurrection Morning. He could have told her to go and play with the children since that’s “woman’s work,” or go and pray since women “know how to get a prayer through,” or go and stay quiet since women “should keep quiet in the church,” but he didn’t. He said to her, “Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” In other words, Now run and tell that!

Somebody needs to know that He is risen! Regardless of the situation, there is hope in Jesus Christ. He’s a heart fixer, a mind regulator, a burden bearer, and heavy load sharer! Somebody needs to put on some jogging shoes today and run and tell that!

What is it that we must do if we are to effect change in our society and bring more people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? We must...

Start early
1. “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” If you want to make a discovery about who Jesus is, get a jumpstart while it is still dark. Start early.

Stay fit
2. If you are going to be a trailblazer for Jesus, you must stay fit. To run for Jesus requires that you have strength, stamina, courage and conviction. Mary Magdalene didn’t just begin running for Jesus in verse 17, she began running for him soon after He cured her of seven demons (Luke 8:3). The race is not to the swift, but to those who endure to the end. Stay fit.

Stay late
3. The bible says, "Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying…. " (v11). She stayed late. In this severe economic crisis, many people are turning to God. However, many are not participating and partnering with God. Like the disciples, in running to look in the tomb and leaving, many people come to church, look in and leave early. Some come to see what they can see and, and others come to get what they can get. Mary Magdalene stayed late. She went beyond the call of duty and tried to tend to the things of God. If you want to hear from God in a direct and profound way, do what Mary did and stay late.

To run and tell that, not only must you start early, stay fit, stay late, but you must…

Stick with it.
4. The angels asked, "Woman, why are you crying?" She told them, "They have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have put him." She was so concerned about finding Jesus that she threw protocol and formality out the window. She didn’t say, "My name is Mary, and you are? What you doing just sitting in the tomb in all that white?” None of that. She was so busy sticking to the task of searching for Jesus, that the presence of the angels was the least of her concerns. The bible tells us, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." 2 Tim 2:15. Stick with it.

And finally, you must...

5. Stride Wide
Jesus told Mary, "Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God" (v17). In Matthew 28:18-19, Jesus told the disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost;..." The operative word here is "Go." Go to your brothers and sisters who have lost sight of Jesus. Go to those who need to know who Jesus is. Go to every body and tell them about the goodness of the Lord. Tell them Jesus is risen! Tell them Jesus saves! Now run and tell that!

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Obama Speaks at Easter Prayer Breakfast - BCNN1

President Barack Obama says the Easter story of Christ's agony and resurrection has helped him get through the tough moments of an embattled presidency. The president got "Amens" from religious leaders at a White House prayer breakfast in the East Room as he recounted Jesus saying, "In this world, you will have trouble." Obama says he's among those who sometimes question God's plan for him. But he says that's precisely when he recalls the "triumph" of the Easter story, and Jesus overcoming his doubts and fears before the crucifixion. This is the third year Obama has convened a pre-Easter breakfast meeting. Obama says he hoped for "a little calm before the storm" on Monday when the White House opens its gates to thousands of children for the Easter Egg Roll.

Monday, April 02, 2012

High Hat, High Fashion, High Praise Pre-Easter Brunch Highlights

By: Min. Angela Lee Price PraisePower
1350 WLOU and the new Praize 1047 hosted a hats, fashion, and Palm Sunday praise celebration on April 1st, and everyone had a high time in the Lord. BET's Sunday Best winner Amber Bullock and national gospel artist Eunice Wright ministered in song at the "Hat Highs, High Fashion, High Praise Pre-Brunch" held at Carly Rae's Restaurant in Louisville. Jesus Saves Ministries was in the building. We have a few audio excerpts to share, including my interview with Eunice Wright, and the impromptu Amber Bullock/Eunice Wright "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" duo. It reminded me of the Anthony Evans/Jesse Campbell duo a few weeks ago on the television show, The Voice. You have to hear it. It is posted on the Main Page of the Jesus Saves Social Network also. Eunice Wright's sophomore CD will be released on April 10th. It is entitled, "Worth It All" and includes her latest single, Hello God.
Grand Diva Enterprises brought some of the most uniquely designed hats I have ever seen. This is the Derby City, and we see a lot of hats this time of year. So, when I say "unique," I mean it. Most, if not all of the hats are created in Nigeria, and some of them came with matching jackets and purses. I had fun participating in the hat show along with nine other women from the audience. Check me out in that teal fascinator! That is what they call those hat pieces that sit on the front of the head. And take a look at Bill in his hat. Doesn't he look marvelous!

The WLOU annoucers shared the stage with midday announcer, Ms. Krystal Goodner (on right with daughter Aerial) and everyone had a good time. Several vendors participated in this event as well. Someone walked away with a Golden Egg with $50.00 cash in it. A high time was had by all!

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